Our religious traditions all remind us of our responsibility to care for the earth as a precious gift. If we want to protect life on earth, we must move quickly to renewable energy and leave most of our coal, oil and gas in the ground. Instead, Australia is one of the most carbon-intensive economies in the world.
While we all want to see sound public policies implemented more quickly, as an individual we can take effective action now to Go Fossil Free. As members, beneficiaries and customers of institutional investors such as super funds, banks and insurance companies, each of us can play a powerful role in moving Australia's economy out of fossil fuels and into clean energy.
We may also be able to influence a religious institution to which we belong to Go Fossil Free.
(Below) Justin Whelan succinctly says why Uniting Church Assembly NSW/ACT voted to divest from fossil fuels in 2013